Master of Science in Financial Planning

Offered through the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, the University of Georgia’s online M.S. in Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics is designed for individuals who are seeking not only to sit for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) examination, but also a master’s degree level experience that goes beyond certificate education and explores the financial planning profession with experienced tenure-track UGA faculty.

This non-thesis masters program is conducted in cooperation with the Board of Standards for the Certified Financial Planner® program. Financial planners are increasingly in demand as individuals and families seek advisers to help manage their income, assets and debts. One of the fastest growing career tracks, financial planners find employment in companies such as banks, insurance companies, brokerage firms or in benefits and pension departments of corporations. Others are more entrepreneurial, choosing to establish their own practice or business.


The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Georgia.

College of Family and Consumer Sciences is accredited by The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS).

Technology Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows or Mac). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones and printer may be required.
  • High Speed Internet Access.


Tuition & Fees

Online Tuition $629 per credit hour 36 credit hours $22,644 USD
Student Fees $597 per semester 6 semesters $3,582 USD
Total Program Cost     $26,226 USD

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Tuition is the same regardless of residency. Current tuition and fees are available on the Bursar's Office website. If you register for less than 5 credit hours, student fees are reduced to $372 in that semester.

Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, Special Institutional, and Technology. See UGA Tuition and Fees for the complete schedule of fees.

Other Costs

Additional costs may include:

  • Textbooks
  • Exam proctoring fees
  • Technology upgrades 

Financial Aid

Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.

Corporate Assistance

Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.

Military Assistance

Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.

University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

The purpose of TAP is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see Tuition Assistance (refer to the Distance Learning section). 


Credit and Transfer

Total Hours Required to Earn Degree:  36 (credit hours)

Maximum Hours Transferable into Program:  6

Courses to be transferred onto a graduate student transcript must meet the following requirements: taken in a relevant field at an accredited institution, falls within the 6-year course time limit, received a grade of B or better and not used to fulfill requirements for another degree.

Admission Requirements

Students applying to The University of Georgia must be accepted by the Graduate School. Persons holding a bachelor's degree from any institution accredited by the proper regional accrediting association are eligible to apply for admission to the Graduate School.

Other requirements include:

The department of Financial Planning Housing and Consumer Economics can request a waiver of the GRE or GMAT on your behalf if you satisfy one of the following conditions:

  • Earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution in a related discipline with at least a 3.0 GPA, have a minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience, and can demonstrate in your statement of purpose and/or in a personal interview that you possess the perspective, the intellectual capacity, and the drive and determination to successfully complete the MS-NT program.
  • Hold, in good standing, a designation relevant to your intended field such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), applicable FINRA licenses, or equivalent.
  • Have completed a minimum of nine credits of graduate course work at a regionally accredited college or university in a related field with a 3.5 GPA or higher.
  • Previously earned a graduate degree in a related field.

Application Checklist

  1. Application – Submit the Graduate School application online.  Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International.

  2. Test Scores – Send recent official entrance test scores (less than five years old) to the graduate school. UGA institutional code for ETS reporting: 5813  

    1. GMAT or GRE

    2. International applicants must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

  3. Statement of Purpose – Send to the department graduate coordinator. A statement of purpose should clarify the candidate’s relevant background, interests, and goals, and indicate their intent to enroll in the online program in their statement. (statement of purpose guidelines)

  4. Letters of Recommendation – Submit three letters of recommendation online to the graduate school. Letters should be from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s scholarly ability and potential for success in a graduate program. Preferably at least two of them are from faculty who have instructed the applicant in a previous program of study.

  5. Résumé or curriculum vita – Send to the department graduate coordinator.

  6. Official Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission

Application Deadlines

Domestic Applicants

  • Fall:  July 1

International Applicants

  • Fall:  April 15

Registration deadlines vary per semester. The UGA Office of the Registrar website provides up-to-date information on registration dates.


Program Structure

This fully online M.S. degree program requires 36 hours credit hours, operates on a cohort model, and consists of 12 classes offered in 8-week blocks over two years.  Courses have been developed and are taught by experienced UGA faculty with advanced degrees and recognized industry credentials.

Course Sequence

First Year

Financial Planning & Analysis

Wealth Management I

Practice Management in Financial Planning

Wealth Management II

Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits

Directed Study*

Second Year

Estate Planning

Financial Counseling & Client Communication

Family Tax Planning

Research Evaluation and Theory in Financial Planning Practice

Capstone in Financial Planning**

Directed Study*

*Directed study opportunities include:

• Research  projects  in collaboration with faculty  • Internship or practicum experiences  • Elective courses

**The Capstone Course is a CFP® Board-required course integrating previously mastered concepts through case studies.

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Contact Information

Contact the online Financial Planning Coordinator for answers to any additional questions you may have. 

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